All these years (40 to be exact) I've been celebrating Valentine's Day, and I couldn't recall the story behind the holiday of love. Naturally, I visited my friend Mr. Google and found this synopsis over on the BBC's website:
"The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February, he sent her a love letter signed 'from your Valentine'."
The Romans commonly had a festival called Lupercalia to celebrate the arrival of spring in mid-February. Boys would draw girls' names from a box and they'd date during the celebration and even sometimes marry. The first Valentine's Day was in the year 496. The church wanted to turn the festival into a Christian celebration and decided to also honor St. Valentine. People started using his name to express their feelings of love.
Valentines come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. It could be your significant other and lover, your kiddos, your fur baby, your job, or your faith. Love whoever or whatever a little harder today, even if it's just you, because self love is also one of the most important loves.
Happy Valentine's Day from the Hollow!